REScoop MECISE is a Horizon 2020 PDA project that aims to mobilise citizens and municipalities in the transition to a more sustainable and decentralised energy system. With support from the EASME, a consortium of established energy cooperatives developed projects for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The project also set-up a financial facilitation service for energy communities and foster collaborations between energy cooperatives and local municipalities.
The projects developed through REScoop MECISE go beyond “business-as-usual”, and analyses cases that private investors find not interesting either because of their complexity or because of their limited profitability. Community-owned energy projects can bring considerable benefits to the local community: they trigger new sustainable energy measures, motivate citizens to get involved in the energy transition, create local jobs and generate stable returns for the community’s investors.
Citizens and municipalities often lack time, resources and technical expertise to initiate energy renovations, leaving the potential for energy savings largely untapped. European targets at the same time require 80% of energy savings in the building sector by 2050.
REScoop MECISE took action to help bridge that gap, supporting citizens and municipalities and help them to initiate energy efficiency measures and save energy in their homes or buildings. The actions, in an overall investment of nearly EUR 10 million in energy efficiency projects, are divided in the following initiatives:
- Warmer homes and happy wallets
- Collective Efficiency
- Turn up the heat and make it your own!
Renewable energy projects
REScoop MECISE unlocked an overall investment of nearly EUR 100 million in renewable energy projects and used the revenues to initiate energy efficiency investments in private homes and public buildings. The list of renewable sources projects is available in REScoop MECISE website.